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In 1985 18 men were shot dead in a ramen shop. This event marked a turning point for the Ueno Seiwa clan, but the truth behind the incident has remained hidden. In 2010 four men, a chivalrous money-lender, a condemned man sitting on death row, a crooked cop, and the Dragon of Dojima, are drawn together as a plot 25 years in the making nears fruition.

Yakuza 4 introduces three new characters to the Yakuza franchise: Shun Akiyama, Taiga Saejima, and Masayoshi Tanimura. Each character has their own storyline that ties into the overall events taking place, and in combat each controls similarly to Kiryu, although with their own simplified move set and personal flourishes: Akiyama has several moves involving taunting, Saejima can use his immense strength to lift heavy objects and people, and Tanimura can counter attacks while blocking as well as chain a combo into a HEAT action.

Although the game predominantly takes place in the fictional Tokyo district of Kamurocho, the area has seen some expansion in the way of newly accessible rooftops, an underground mall and parking garage, and a sewer system. As in previous Yakuza games, side stories and mini-games can be found by wandering the streets and entering businesses. Hostess clubs and a massage parlor also make their return after having been excluded from the western release of Yakuza 3; the only content cut from the western release of Yakuza 4 is the Answer x Answer arcade game and the theme song "Butterfly City".


Yakuza 4 PlayStation 3 Main menu (after finishing the game, shows more options).
Yakuza 4 PlayStation 3 Playing at Saejima, you start in a secret Okinawa penitentiary.
Yakuza 4 PlayStation 3 She actually wants you to look down there... but only to show you that she works hard as a ballerina.
Yakuza 4 PlayStation 3 As Akiyama is also an owner of a night club, you'll be able to hire, train and dress up your girls.

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Yakuza 4 Screenshot
Yakuza 4 Wallpaper
Yakuza 4 Wallpaper
Yakuza 4 Wallpaper


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Critic Reviews PlayStation 3 Jun 23, 2011 8.3 out of 10 83 PlayStation 3 Jun 03, 2011 83 out of 100 83
Game Freaks 365 PlayStation 3 Mar 30, 2011 8.3 out of 10 83
GameSpot PlayStation 3 Mar 21, 2011 8 out of 10 80 (UK) PlayStation 3 Mar 16, 2011 8 out of 10 80 PlayStation 3 Mar 24, 2011 76 out of 100 76
Brash Games PlayStation 3 Apr 05, 2011 7 out of 10 70 PlayStation 3 Mar 25, 2011 7 out of 10 70
IGN PlayStation 3 Mar 11, 2011 6.5 out of 10 65
Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) PlayStation 3 Jan 16, 2012 3 out of 6 50


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This game, much like its predecessors, is a mix of actual and imaginary names and locales. For example, while places as Tokyo or Okinawa obviously exist, places like Kamurocho where the games take most of the time are in fact based on Kabukicho area which is located in Shinjuku ward. When it comes to stores and cafes, some are also licensed and use their real names and interiors, such as Don Quixote variety store or Pronto restaurant. The others remain similar to actual places, but with slightly different logo and title, such as Peter's Blend which looks like obvious replica of Starbucks, or Wild Jackson which looks a lot like Denny's or Jonathan's.

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